Denizens of Chicago know that summer is short-lived in their city, so they make the most of those few hot months. Here are more than 50 Chicago festivals celebrating art, food, drinks, music, culture and a mix of all of the above still on the summer calendar. Explore the city's niche neighborhood fests or join packed parties with crowds from all over the place.  


38th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival
Thursday September 1 - Sunday September 4
Learn why jazz is the true soundtrack to Chicago at this annual festival.

North Coast Music Festival
Friday September 2 - Sunday September 4
Odesza, Grouplove, Bassnectar, Logic and more are all headlining this year's funky and fun North Coast Music Festival.

African Festival of the Arts
Sunday September 4 - Wednesday September 7
Every Labor Day Washington Park is transformed into an African village honoring countries and cultures across the entire continent and beyond. Transport your senses with food from the Bank of the Nile food court, explore African fashion and art and listen to music from myriad performers.

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
Sunday September 4 - Wednesday September 7
Calling all shopaholics. The Magnificent Mile, Chicago's iconic shopping stretch, adds food and fitness to enjoy between stores during this festival.

Shock Top Oyster Fest
Friday September 9 - Saturday September 10
Seafood lovers will find themselves in paradise at this festival dedicated to oysters and other fresh catch of the day dishes.

Windy City Wine Festival
Friday September 9 - Saturday September 10
Why settle for Wine Wednesday when you could have two whole days instead? Bring your palate to sample the more than 300 wines on offer.

German-American Fest
Friday September 9 - Sunday September 11
Traditional German food and drink comes first, but after you've eaten your fill listen to live music and watch the traditional Von Steuben Parade – it might look familiar if you're a Ferris Bueller's Day Off fan.

Throwback Music Fest
Friday September 9 - Sunday September 11
Prepare yourself to post the ultimate throwback hashtag; this late summer festival is a blast from the past with only retro music.

World Music Festival
Friday September 9 - Sunday September 25
Over its 18-year history, Chicago's World Music Festival has attracted performers from more than 80 countries. Experience the sights and sounds of music from across the globe at this citywide festival.

Lakeview East Festival of Arts
Saturday September 10 - Sunday September 11
Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is throwing its 11th annual arts festival that makes Broadway come alive with color, music and food.

Riot Fest
Friday September 16 - Sunday September 18
If your heart beats to the sound of rock, this is the music fest for you. The Flaming Lips, Ween, Morrissey, Death Cab for Cutie, the Original Misfits and Rob Zombie are leading up the lineup for this carnival and live music event.

Andersonville City Made Fest
Saturday September 17 - Sunday September 18
North Side neighborhood Andersonville puts on the City Made Fest to celebrate all things Chicago; all of the food, craft beer and music at the festival is homegrown.

Sam Adams Lakeview Taco Fest
Saturday September 17 - Sunday September 18
Whether you're in the market for a traditional taco or something different, this festival has you covered with options from taquerias across Chicago.

West Loop Art Fest
Saturday September 17 - Sunday September 18
Come to buy, look or eat; there is something for everyone at the West Loop Art Fest.

EXPO Chicago
Thursday September 22 - Sunday September 25
EXPO Chicago is an international affair. This event will showcase work from 145 galleries representing artists from 22 countries and 49 cities.

Reeling Film Festival
Thursday September 22 - Friday September 29
Reeling is the second longest-running film festival dedicated to the LBGTQ+ community, and screens everything from feature films to experimental shorts.

Chicago Gourmet
Friday September 23 - Sunday September 25
Most of us think of festival food as delicious, but basic. Chicago Gourmet proves festivals can dish out elevated cuisine.

Oktoberfest Chicago
Friday September 23 - Sunday September 25
Chicago's St. Alphonsus Church hosts this homage to German food – think homemade brats – and brews.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Saturday September 24 - Sunday September 25
In case you missed the Annual Chicago Jazz Festival or you're looking for a smaller crowd, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival is the perfect fit.

West Town Food Truck Social
Saturday September 24 - Sunday September 25
Some of Chicago's tastiest food is made on wheels. West Town Food Truck Social will bring together a bunch of the city's most popular mobile eateries, while local DJs set the playlist.